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Gulf Air 1st airline to offer passengers live in-flight global TV service.

Dubai, Oct 13 (ANI): A Bahrain airline has become the first in the world to offer passengers onboard live global television service during its flights.

Gulf Air has taken delivery of its first A330-200 aircraft fitted with a new "Sky Hub" that offers full broadband connectivity and live TV.

The new Global Communications Suite built by Panasonic offers passengers onboard full broadband connectivity to access Internet, mobile phone services and live TV services across its entire fleet of planes.It is another important milestone in our customer service journey as we unveil our latest inflight entertainment system, 'Sky Hub' on our fleet," Gulf News quoted Samer Majali, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, as saying.

"We are bringing to you, for the first time in the world, fully integrated broadband connectivity offering high speed internet with high speed Wi-Fi and data services, voice over the internet (VOIP), streaming videos and the world's first in-flight live TV satellite stream across continents," he added.

Gulf Air will offer two-way broadband connectivity at speeds of up to 50 Mbps to the aircraft, enabling faster browsing, chatting and other Internet-based services.

Passengers also will be able to browse the web at broadband speeds, and access social media services such as Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, business travellers can access their virtual private network (VPN) to send and receive emails while watching live-news and stock market updates at 35,000 feet.

They simply need to turn on their personal device, connect to the in-flight Wi-Fi network, and log onto the service through Deutsche Telekom, the wireless Internet service provider onboard. (ANI)

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